Evaluate Your Yard
Birds look at your yard from a different perspective than you do. They seek bushes and trees
for shelter from predators and the elements. They like brush piles and birdhouses. Take stock
of the bird-friendly plants and places in your yard. White pine, holly, arborvitae, and other
broadleaf and needle evergreens provide great winter shelter and food for birds.
Not all birds want the same kind of food or shelter. It's fun to study what birds are in
your area and what their special needs are. If they like what they see in your yard, they'll
Birds hide out in different canopy layers. That's why having a mixture of trees, shrubs,
vines, and tall grasses provides optimal shelter. You can add some of these elements if they're
missing in your yard. Another idea is to leave a part of your yard for a brush pile. Just pile
old branches over some logs to provide winter shelter for ground-loving birds.
Keep an Eye on Things
You don't need to do much to maintain your bird shelters. You may want to inspect them for
damage, or to make sure that they're safe enough from cats and other predators. Birds will let
you know if the shelter is good by using it.